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Lakes, Nakuru, Naivasha – Full day


Head Northwest, descending to the floor of the Great Rift passing Mt. Longonot. Before lunch you arrive at Lake Nakuru, the most awesome bird spectacle in the world – a million Greater and Lesser flamingos may transform the shores of the lake to delicate pink hue. The National Park here is home to m any mammals, including leopards, lions and rhinos. Lunch is taken at one of the lake lodges, after which we head back for Nairobi via Lake Naivasha. On and around this lake in the Great Rift Valley are upwards of six hundred species of birds. Have afternoon tea on the shores of this beautiful lake before returning to Nairobi.

 


Nairobi City Tour – 3 hours

Let our experienced drivers show you the sights of Nairobi. This tour includes a visit to the colourful City Market, Parliament buildings and the Kenyatta Conference Centre, along with other places of interest. Clients will then visit the National Museum, which has become a major International centre of Homo Sapien history. Your tour finishes with a visit to Snake Park. During this tour, our friendly drivers will be more than happy to share their vast knowledge of Nairobi by answering any questions.

 


Nairobi National Park – 4 hours


One of Kenya’s original National Parks established in 1946, it features 46sq miles of pristine savannah and is only six miles from the City Centre. Large populations of giraffe, wildbeest, eland and gazelle dominate the plains. Of the Big Five only the elephant has not been spotted. Prides of lions appear at the entrance to Mbagathi Gorge. This park, so convenient to the business traveller, also offers the spectacle of a Nairobi silhouette on the near horizon. Bounded by the Athi River to the south with its hippo pools, here there are two animal orphanages, including Daphne Sheldrick’s home for orphaned elephants and rhinos.

 


The Carnivore


The Carnivore Restaurant is a short drive from Nairobi City Centre and is famous for its succulent steaks and mouth-watering barbeque dishes. A wide variety of vegetarian dishes are also available. However, the Carnivore is, as described in the Wall Street Journal, ‘the meat eater’s paradise’.

 


Karen Blixen Museum & Giraffe Centre – 4 hours


Drive towards the Ngong Hills and through small villages to the Karen Blixen Museum – the house which for many years was her home. The tour continues, driving through the residential area of Langata, to the Giraffe Manor where the offspring of Daisy (the famous Rothschild Giraffe) can be seen and fed at their beautiful home overlooking the Ngong Hills. After tea at the giraffe centre, you return to Nairobi

 


Bomas of Kenya – 3 hours


Bomas of Kenya is the cultural centre, a short drive from the City, set in a rural environment. Here you can gain insight into village life and traditional African dancing – vividly described for the benefit of the audience – at a permanent exhibition. The dancing covers events occurring in the lives of different tribes. Authentic bomas or villages are all part of the presentation, representing the country’s 16 ethnic groups, so this tour will be an enlightening Kenyan experience.

 


Nairobi Animal Orphanage- 3 hours

 
Nairobi Animal Orphanage is the oldest animal orphanage in Kenya and set in Nairobi National Park with lush vegetation contrasting against the red dust and clay of the soil. This important educational and training facility, which is housed, in the only wildlife protected area in a capital city in the world is often home to more than 20 different animals and bird species.

Established in 1964 as a refuge and rehabilitation centre for wild animals found abandoned or injured throughout Kenya, the unique facility records over 200,000 thousand visitors every year. Animals received at the facility, undergo a thorough medical examination, followed by treatment where that is called for, before entering into an appropriate feeding and rehabilitation program.



Daphne Sheldrick  Elephant Orphanage – 3 hours


Daphne Sheldrick was the first person in the entire world to successfully hand rear newborn fully milk dependent African Elephant orphans, something that spanned 28 years of trial and error to achieve. By the year 2008 the Trust had successfully saved and hand-reared over 82 infant African Elephant calves, two from the day of birth. Currently, over 40 of the Trust’s hand-reared elephants are fully established and living free amongst their wild peers in Tsavo, some returning with wild born young to show their erstwhile human family.
Daphne Sheldrick (As part of the David Sheldrick Conservation Foundation) rehabilitates baby elephants and other wildlife here at her home just outside of Nairobi National Park. The Sheldrick orphanage is a focal point for Elephant Conservation.

Orphaned elephant calves are brought here from all over the country. They receive extremely specialized treatment and personal care 24 hours a day. The Trust has trained a team of competent Elephant Keepers who replace the orphans’ lost elephant family until such time as the transition to the wild herds has been accomplished.


The centre is open to the public each morning (11am-12pm)

At this time the calves are being exercised and bathed and visitors are free to watch. This is a good centre for general information on Elephants and their Conservation.

 

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